Certificate in Automotive Powertrain Systems

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About This Program

The Automotive Certificate in Powertrain Systems is the second of two Automotive Certificates at SMCC. The Automotive Certificate in Chassis Systems is a requirement for admission to the Automotive Certificate in Powertrain Systems. The Powertrain Systems Certificate involves classes in Engine Repair; Engine Performance; Manual Transmissions and Drivetrains; Automatic Transmissions; and Automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Paired with the Automotive Certificate in Chassis Systems, the two programs are designed to prepare skilled technicians to work in the automotive industry in the areas of routine maintenance, steering and suspension, brakes, heating and air conditioning, engine repair and performance, manual and automatic transmissions, and drivelines. Opportunities for graduates include positions in dealerships, independent shops, automotive parts stores and companies with vehicle fleets. Graduates of the Automotive Certificate in Powertrain Systems may continue their education at SMCC in the Automotive Associate degree program.

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Your Certificate Courses

SMCC’s Automotive program offers a Automotive Powertrain Systems certificate requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
  • Engine Repair
  • Manual Transmissions & Drivelines
  • Engine Performance I
  • Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles
  • Engine Performance II
  • Automotive Electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the SMCC current Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Perform routine maintenance services on automobiles.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive electrical/electronic systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive suspension and steering systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive engines.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive engine performance systems.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive manual transmissions and drivetrains.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive automatic transmissions.
  • Perform tasks to diagnose and repair components of automotive heating, ventilations and air conditioning systems.

Estimated Certificate Completion Time

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24 credit hours are required to complete this program
Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

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